Looking to take the next steps once you or someone you know has been diagnoses with autism? This page will help you find key resources for better understanding the disorder and how to best care for someone affected by it.
The AARC serves the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, caregivers, and service providers throughout the state of Alaska. We provide information, referral, training, and consultation via on-site and distance delivery. The Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC) is a project of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) located in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities (AADD) was founded over 30 years ago, to unify the voice of providers to share, develop and advocate for individualized community based services for people who experience developmental disabilities. AADD is the largest network of agencies serving the community members who experience developmental disabilities in Alaska. We have formed strategic alliances between providers, national associations, the State of Alaska, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the people we serve and their communities.
“AK Child & Family brings hope to troubled young lives through a broad range of mental health services. Our residential psychiatric treatment, community based programs and treatment foster homes offer the structure, care and expertise to help young people build strong, positive, healthy lives.”
Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) was established in 1988 with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the state. It is our mission to ensure all Alaskan children grow up in a family and community that provides them with all the tools and resources necessary to make their dreams come true. For every dollar we invest in preventing children from experiencing trauma like child abuse and neglect, the return on investment is tenfold. With the generous support of our donors, ACT has invested more than $4 million in Alaskan children and families since our inception.
At the Alaska Center for Resource Families, our mission is to provide support and training to all of Alaska’s resource families (foster, adoptive, relative caretakers and guardianship families) in order to strengthen them and enhance current skills, while developing new ones. We are dedicated to working in collaborative relationships with OCS, Tribes, and others involved in the foster care and adoptive systems.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Division of Behavioral Health
The Complex Behavior Collaborative helps providers meet the needs of Medicaid clients with complex needs who are often aggressive, assaultive and difficult to support. The CBC program offers consultation and training to providers and clients’ natural supports, including family members.
Map of inpatient psychiatric in patient treatment beds available across the state. The list is updated daily and as beds become available. Click on the Alaska map on the left side of the page.
Map of inpatient residential care for youth access the state. Click on the Alaska map on the left side of the page.
These documents effect Medicaid, called Denali KidCare or Denali Care in Alaska, as well as most private insurance. This regulation specifies what services must be covered by nearly all health insurance providers offering plans in Alaska including applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and assessment.
For more than 20 years, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has administered the trust and served Alaskans who experience mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcohol or drug addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and traumatic brain injuries. The Trust is the only organization of its kind in the United States. It works similarly to a private foundation, funding projects and programs that promote long-term systematic change and improve the lives and circumstances of beneficiaries.
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Provides a comprehensive overview of the special education services available through the Anchorage School District.
The STEP Center, a division of the Special Education Department, is a disability information and resource center for students, teachers and parents. Using an extensive lending library and website, the STEP Center personnel provide a service-oriented approach to problem solving and identification of community and ASD resources.
This is maintained by the STEP Center at Anchorage School District. This is a database of resources for families with children who experience disabilities. It is organized by region along with listing state wide and national resources. There is also a calendar of events for each region with a compilation of trainings, family activities and conferences.
“From birth to old age, The Arc of Anchorage has a full array of disability services for Alaskans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Alaskans we serve and their families are free to choose disability services that best meet their needs. We recognize each person we serve has specific dreams, ambitions and interests, as well as aptitudes and abilities apart from the disability he/she experiences.”
Our Supported Living Services began in 1984, followed by Employment Services in 1986. Supported Living Services refers to any combination of skill building, coaching and resource coordination to assist individuals to live in their own homes. Supported Employment assists individuals to obtain and retain employment within local businesses. Assets currently partners with over forty local employers in hiring the right person to ensure job satisfaction for both the employee and employer.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs.” The Center for Human Development (CHD), based out of University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), is the AUCD member organization for Alaska.
AUTCOM is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches.
Today ARI is a cohesive and communicative network of researchers, adults on the spectrum, parents, and professionals – all of whom support an all-encompassing approach to understanding autism and promoting high quality education, medical care, and life opportunities for individuals on the spectrum and support for their families.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families.
The mission of the Autism Society — to improve the lives of all affected by autism — means our services and programs must help people today…Providing information, resources and support is at the core of our mission.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
Beacon Hill exists to serve Alaska’s children in foster care and children at risk of going into foster care through the love of Christ. Our purpose is to support, serve and encourage vulnerable children within our community. Our dream is to see all children in our community loved and well cared for.
Located in Anchorage and provides both residential treatment for youth as well as outpatient care for families and youth.
Learn about autism spectrum disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact on families and individuals. Get the latest information on treatment and therapies and how to get services. Connect with resources for children, youth, and adults.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible.
The CPIR employs a user-centered process, gathering the perspectives of our experienced audience—Parent Center staff members and other experts—every step of the way, to create products and services that increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains.
Provides person-directed services for adults with disabilities. Cindy and Vic’s has 3 group homes, provides respite care, in-home supports and supported living services. Located in Anchorage.
“We provide individualized, customer-guided supports that encourage independence, community belonging, and quality of life.” This agency has residential and community supports with programs serving birth through adulthood. They provide services in Ketchikan, Metlakatla, and Prince of Wales Island.
Cyberlynx High School Completion’s mission is to “provide educational support and resources for families who choose to homeschool, fostering success in education. This is a statewide, state-funded public homeschool program. At CyberLynx, families who choose to homeschool their children are supported and assisted year-round in developing their child’s education, preschool through high school.
Homeschool services offered in the Delta area.
Denali Family Services serves children who “require intensive behavioral health care services and their families. Denali Family Services offers individual, family and group psychotherapy services in combination with intensive care coordination and rehabilitative services.
Denali PEAK is a “statewide correspondence/homeschool program operated by the Denali Borough School District. Students enrolled with us can expect one-to-one teacher consultations. We have a variety of resources available, including support for core courses and elective courses, accredited on-line curriculum, and Apple laptop/desktop computers and iPads.”
The Disability Law Center is an “independent non-profit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities anywhere in Alaska”
Easter Seals provides information and services for people throughout the lifespan. Their children’s programs are “aimed at providing a safe environment for children to grow and learn. Most of our children's services are custom designed based on the individual needs of the child. These programs may be funded through medicaid waiver, medicaid, private insurance, or private pay.” Children's Services Include: Personal Care, In Home Services, Living Options - Foster Care/Family Habilitation Home Services, Day Habilitation, Respite, Autism, Make The First 5 Count.
This website provides autism statistics and profiles throughout the state of Alaska.
The top priority of the organization is to provide treatment and support to children and families so that they may have the opportunity to live happy and meaningful lives. The core value of FCSA as noted in our mission statement is “unconditional care” this is the basis for how services are delivered, how staff are trained, and how programs are designed. We strive to achieve our core foundational value by providing individualized services to children using a treatment plan that is inclusive of the child, family, nonprofessional and professional community members.” This agency has community and residential treatment options for clients in Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley. They also continue to provide support to their clients that return to their communities outside of Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley.
The charter school is a bridge between home-school students and formal education. It provides a mechanism by which families may work with certified teachers to plan personalized individualized learning plans for their students.
In the practical application of diverse parent guardian educational philosophies and curriculum choices, each student will be encouraged to develop the necessary skills and concepts to his/her capacity in alignment with the State of Alaska Content and Performance Standards.
Families USA, a leading national voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. We advance our mission through public policy analysis, advocacy, and collaboration with partners to promote a patient-and community-centered health system.
The FOCUS Homeschool provides a PreK thru secondary instructional model to students in Alaska who do not have access to school, to students whose families are traveling, or to families who prefer to provide instruction at home.
Frontier Charter School is a learning organization that helps families teach students to take personal responsibility for their learning. Frontier serves full-time homeschooling families in the Anchorage School District who are pursuing academic excellence.
This serves as a roadmap for students transitioning out of school based services. It provides information about how to have successful transition IEP meetings as well as setting goals for the transitioning student. This handbook is Alaska specific.
This website provides comprehensive information about development from prenatal to young adults. It is a website run by pediatricians which answers a number of development questions parents might have.
Heart and Hands of Care, Inc works to assist families while caring for a disabled or ill family member. Their goal is to relieve some of the stress associated with caring for a disabled/ill family member and help families support themselves. Their objectives include “initiating and maintaining contact with families, creating schedules for parents, sharing information, education and participation with other agency networks and government agencies.” They serve two parent families, single parent families, individuals with disabilities, children, adolescents and senior citizens. They are located in Anchorage and Wasilla but can assist individuals that are rurally located. They also assist with applications for services including DD Eligibility, TEFRA, Respit, SSI/SSA, Transportation and Public Assistance.
The Alaska chapter of the National Help Me Grow Program assists parents, providers and others with early detection and proactive interventions. They offer access to developmental screenings, community resources and live help through their call center. They serve children ages 0-8 and offer services in Kodiak, the Mat-Su Valley and Norton Sound.
The mission of the IDEA program is to “provide resources and support to parents who have elected to educate their children at home; to achieve a partnership with families that honors the efforts and dedication of home-schooling parents.”
Their mission is “to empower youth, engage families and encourage communities to create healthy futures for Alaska’s youth and families.” They do this by providing both residential and community based treatment programs, therapeutic foster care, transition programs and substance recovery programs for youth.
Key Coalition of Alaska educates legislators about the importance of sustaining community-based services for people with disabilities and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) through their annual statewide Key Campaign advocacy efforts.
The National Institutes of Health conducts research on autism and provides general information about autism as well as potential interventions.
Northern Justice Project, LLC is a private civil rights and special education firm that focuses on representing low- and middle-income Alaskans in complex lawsuits against the State and Federal Governments and large corporations.
North Star Behavioral Health is a mental health facility that offers programs in and around the Anchorage Alaska area for children and teens suffering from mental health issues.
PAIDEIA Cooperative School’s mission is to provide a cooperative, yet individualized, learning environment where students can pursue and develop their passions while inspiring academic success, a love of learning, respect for others, and community involvement. These key components will lead to students becoming critical thinkers, problem solvers, effective communicators, and contributing members of society with readiness for a lifetime of fulfillment and service in the 21st Century.
Peer Power is a non-profit peer organization for people who experience developmental or intellectual disabilities that educates, promotes, and advances the empowerment of self-advocates. The group helps self-advocates become empowered by working on issues such as employment, self-advocate mentoring, funding resources, and raising disability awareness throughout the community.
The mission of Raven Homeschool Is to provide “support to parents so that they can prepare their children to become life-long learners, problem-solvers, and contributing members of their family, community, and society by providing meaningful experiences that create understanding of their cultural heritage and the technological world.”
REACH is the “one-stop location for information, referrals, supports and services for children, adults, and families experiencing developmental delays or disabilities in northern Southeast Alaska. With headquarters in Juneau, and offices in Haines and Petersburg, REACH also makes services available in other communities including Skagway, Yakutat, Hoonah, and Wrangell.”
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Special Education Services (SESA)
“SESA provides consultation and training to support the unique educational needs of individuals and the Alaskan communities that serve them.” They also house an inclusive lending library available to parents throughout the state of Alaska.
Their mission is to “promote health, well being and safety for individuals with disabilities, seniors and vulnerable adults by facilitating access to quality services and supports that foster independence, personal choice and dignity.”
“Stone Soup Group works with families of children with special needs from birth up to age 26.” Their services are available to families throughout the state of Alaska. They can provide assistance navigating medical, disability, mental health and special education services. Most services are at no cost to the family.
“The purpose of the TAPESTRY Postsecondary Transition Program is to provide students (ages 18 to 26) with a disability a postsecondary college experience to develop their self-advocacy skills, social skills, and engage in career exploration that leads to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary educational program.”
“CHD is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in Education, Research, and Service. There are 67 UCEDDs that form an Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Since CHD is the only UCEDD in Alaska, we serve the entire state.”
15 non-profit organizations come together to provide parents with tools to better understand their child’s disability. This website also provides comprehensive information about special services in school, interventions and your child’s rights.
Provides services to youth with a focus on chemical dependency and recovery. They also the have the Grandfamilies Network Program "a one-of-a-kind, statewide support program for grandparents raising their grandchildren. The program provides ongoing support groups, informational campaigns, case management, financial assistance, a lending library, a statewide newsletter and a toll-free hot line for counseling and referrals.”
Provides information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.